Family Fun
Six Ways Families Can Have Fun at the Eiteljorg Museum

Everything Cart: This hands-on cart holds items related to most of the galleries in the museum, including a copy of a Remington bronze you can touch, pot chards and a devil’s claw pod from the Southwest, polar bear fur, snow goggles and porcupine quills. Located in Eagle Commons on the first floor, the Everything Cart comes with a friendly volunteer to answer your questions and share fun facts.  

Family FunTotem pole: In the stairwell at the north end of the museum’s main level, you’ll spot a totem pole named The Legend of Wasgo. It is a traditional Haida totem pole that tells the story of Wasgo the Sea Monster. A pole much like this one stood in Indianapolis’ Golden Hill neighborhood in the early 1900s. Learn about our totem pole, then follow the stairs down to find out more about the Northwest Coast and raise a totem pole yourself. 

Stagecoach: In the RB Annis Western Family Experience on the museum’s canal level, you can have a seat in a true-to-life stagecoach; try on clothing inspired by the 1800s; build a sod house wall; play a tune on a hammered dulcimer; try your hand at weaving and more, as you explore diverse family stories of the historic and modern West.

Wigwam: Snuggle on a real bear skin in the birch bark wigwam. The second floor Native American Galleries contain objects you might expect- amazing beaded shirts, cradleboards and baskets. But look out for the unexpected! 

Festivals and Events: All year round, the Eiteljorg hosts events that are fun for the whole family. You definitely don't want to miss our annual Indian Market and Festival, featuring more than 150 Native artists, hands-on activities and cultural performances. And WestFest is the best rootin' tootin' time this side of the Mississippi!

Family food: The Eiteljorg Museum Café, located on the first floor near the totem pole, is a good place to take a break. We've got menu items just for the little ones. Stop in for lunch or a snack.  
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